There are many glamping options where the only difference between that accommodation and a hotel or holiday cottage is that there is no central heating – instead you’re provided with a log burner for heat. This is a really romantic aspect of glamping, cuddling up by the flickering flames with your special someone creates a beautiful atmosphere. When you’re at home without central heating (either due to a power cut, or because the cost of turning it on is prohibitive) it seems much less romantic to be huddled around a log burner, if you’re lucky enough to have one for heat.
Whether you have a log burner or not, there are some tips we can take from glamping to help keep us warm at home this winter. Firstly, get out and about more; when we’re on holiday we enjoy long walks and visiting attractions, so you can keep warm simply by moving about. Walking is free, and there are many free car parks out in the countryside where you can start and end a circular walk. Search online for walking routes in your area, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re heading out for the day, take a flask of something warming with you. Tea, coffee, soup – these are all great options. Using a thermos to keep things hot even when you’re in all day means not boiling the kettle as often. You can even pour a lukewarm remainder into a hot water bottle – hot water bottles are ideal for keeping warm in cold temperatures whether you’re glamping or not. Use one to stay warm during the day, then fold your pillow over one to warm it before you get into bed. Electric blankets can be a massive help; often provided in year-round glamping accommodation an electric blanket is a cheap way of heating your bed, or even to put on a sofa.
A holiday in the great outdoors often requires layering your clothing for cold days, so invest in some thermal base layers and a body warmer. If you keep your core warm then the rest of your body will follow. Double up on socks if needed, and wear a light scarf, even indoors, to keep your neck warm. You may be surprised at the difference these small actions make.
Solar lighting is often a feature of glamping – for off-grid sites this is the best option for lighting. Solar lanterns can be charged outdoors or on a sunny windowsill during the day and brought inside at night to provide lighting around the home. This is much safer than using candles during power cuts or to save money, and you get the added bonus of that glamping ambience.
What many people love about glamping is the nesting aspect with pillows and blankets – the interior of so many glampsite accommodations is strewn with scatter cushions, sheepskin rugs and warm throws so take this idea and bring it indoors to make staying warm seem like a fun thing rather than a hardship. If you have an electric blanket, incorporate it into a cushion and blanket nest to keep you and your family toasty.
Finally, when the weather gets really cold you can use a tent indoors to provide a warm place for sleeping – tents offer a smaller space to heat and the double skin helps trap warmth in for longer. Once you’re in bed and under the covers you will heat up in no time, and have a warm and snug night’s sleep.
We hope this has given you some ideas on how to stay warm this winter, and that you’ll approach next year’s glamping holiday with a renewed appreciation for all the thought that goes into providing the right amenities for glampers.